According to recall documents, certain Ford F-150 pickups suffer from a transmission defect that can cause the trucks to downshift from higher gears to first gear without warning.
Ford says the defect is tied to the transmissions’ output speed sensor which can lose signal with the power-train control module. At higher speeds, the sudden unintended downshift can result in drivers losing control and an increased risk of crash.
Ford has received hundreds of complaints tied to the issue and has confirmed at least five separate crashes, including one that is believed to have resulted in whiplash injuries.
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
The Ford F-150 transmission recall affects F-150 pickups with six-speed automatic transmissions from the following model-years:
Later models-years had some similar complaints filed concerning sudden and inadvertent downshifting as well as reports that pickups inadvertently shift out of park, resulting in roll-away hazards. Injuries have been reported with the roll-away issue.
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